Philippines: MILF says it got more territory in talks

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The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) yesterday said it was expecting to sign a memorandum of agreement on territory with the government in December. The issue was the biggest stumbling block to the signing of a peace agreement between the government and the Moro rebels, and had caused a deadlock in the talks. But last week, Secretary Jesus Dureza, presidential assistant on the peace process, announced that the deadlock had been broken.

…“We expect the signing of the memorandum of agreement on ancestral domain by December this year,” Mohagher Iqbal, MILF chief negotiator, told reporters here yesterday.

Iqbal said the government had agreed to include more villages in the Bangsamoro Juridical Entity, the future Moro territory…Seventy percent of our demand in the territorial aspect of the ancestral domain was granted by the government,” Iqbal said…He said the remaining “30 percent of unresolved issues” would be tackled when the exploratory talks resumes on Nov. 14-17 in Kuala Lumpur.

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